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Director  Alexandra Cassavetes
Initial DVD release  October 11, 2005
Language  English
7.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary, History
Music director  Steven Hufsteter
Country  United States
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Release date  2004
Initial release  October 13, 2004 (Los Angeles)
Cast  Quentin Tarantino (Himself), Robert Altman (Himself), Jim Jarmusch (Himself), Paul Verhoeven (Himself), Alexander Payne (Himself), James Woods (Himself)
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Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession is a 2004 documentary film about Los Angeles pay cable channel Z Channel which was directed by Xan Cassavetes, daughter of Hollywood director and actor John Cassavetes. It was screened out of competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.


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The documentary is about Z Channel which was one of the first pay cable TV stations in the US. Z Channel became famous for showing an eclectic variety of films, including foreign language, silent, documentary, director's cut, forgotten, overlooked, under-appreciated, erotic as well as mainstream films, without commercials and uncut and letterbox-ed when possible.

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The film also tells the story of Z Channel's programming director Jerry Harvey who was a true film lover, programming genius, and a man almost single-handedly responsible for getting many great films shown to the public. It gives insights into Harvey's constant battle with personal demons which resulted in him ending his own life and the life of his wife in a murder-suicide. Throughout the film a variety of footage featuring some of the films shown on the Z Channel is used. This serves to underline the diversity offered on the channel in particular its attempts to expose its American viewers to undubbed foreign language films. The films ends with a montage of scenes of such films with Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do?" theme being played over the top of them as performed by the actor William Atherton from the film The Great Gatsby (1974).

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People Interviewed for the Film

  • Robert Altman
  • Alexander Payne
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Jacqueline Bisset
  • Theresa Russell
  • Jim Jarmusch
  • Stuart Cooper
  • F. X. Feeney
  • Penelope Spheeris
  • James Woods
  • Henry Jaglom
  • Vilmos Zsigmond
  • James B. Harris
  • Heaven's Gate (film)
  • Once Upon A Time in America
  • Overlord (film)
  • Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid
  • McCabe and Mrs. Miller
  • Das Boot
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz (miniseries)
  • The Leopard (1963 film)
  • 1900 (film)
  • Ride The High Country
  • Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb
  • Black Orpheus
  • Paths of Glory
  • My Darling Clementine
  • Reception

    Z Channel has an overall approval rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

    At Metacritic, the movie scored 85/100 based on 4 critics

    Home video

    The film was released to DVD in 2004 as a 2-disc special edition, which included numerous bonus features. A VHS release and standard 1-disc edition followed in 2005.


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